McCain 'surprised' WH aide not fired for snide remark

Charles V Payne

On Saturday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Cavuto Live", OMB Director Mick Mulvaney responded to White House aide Kelly Sadler's comments about Senator John McCain (R-AZ) by stating the comment was "a badly considered joke, an very bad joke that she said fell flat".

Press secretary Sarah Sanders scolded her employees Friday for the derogatory remark about Sen.

In the meeting with communications staffers, Sanders called the comment by special assistant Kelly Sadler "unacceptable", according to ABC News, but sources told the network she was more upset over the leak of the remark.

Cindy McCain, the senator's wife, fired back on Twitter on Thursday, reminding Sadler of the human side of politics.

The White House did not dispute the remark attributed to Sadler but said in a statement, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

"It was a mistake, and for that I apologize to all recipients and most especially to the McCain family", said Joe Davis, VFW director of communications. John McCain leaked from a closed-door meeting, according to multiple senior White House officials. "I like people who weren't captured".

The elder McCain, R-Ariz., 81, remains in Arizona where he is receiving treatment for an aggressive and typically fatal type of brain cancer. He left Washington in December and underwent surgery last month for an infection.

And House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out, saying: "Look, John McCain's a hero".

"It's a really ugly nickname", Meghan McCain said Friday.

"I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job and that's all I have to say about it", she said on the talk show. And I want to say that since my dad has been diagnosed the past - it's nearly a year, July 19th - I really feel like I understand the meaning of life.

Further, he said the two watched McCain's favorite movie, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", a classic western movie about a senator whose legacy surpasses his real life, and made their own "R-rated commentary" about it.

The fallout dominated yesterday's White House press briefing and had some veterans and a U.S. Naval Academy graduate steaming.

As for the president, he and McCain have had a troubled relationship. Trump later told the Conservative Political Action Conference that "except for one Senator, who came into a room at three o'clock in the morning and went like that" -Trump gave a thumbs-down - "we would have had health care (reform), too".

In the summer of 2015, shortly after launching his presidential campaign, Trump mocked McCain's war service, saying of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee: "He's not a war hero".

The crowd booed, and Trump added, "I won't use his name".

Sadler did not immediately return a request for comment Sunday.

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